Whitney Knight-Rorie

EL Specialist

Whitney Knight Rorie
NBCT, M.A in English/Linguistics, B.S. in Secondary English Education, TESOL, and Spanish


Hello! My name is Whitney Knight-Rorie, and I'm the EL Instructional Specialist for DeSoto County Secondary Schools. Prior to leading teachers, I served as an EL teacher at Southaven Elementary for five years. I live in Southaven with my husband and love manatees, Mississippi State, roller coasters, and individualizing instruction! Please email me at any time in any language!

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Visit whitneyknightrorie.weebly.com for weekly tips for teaching English Language Learners in middle and high schools!

About our Team

I could not be more lucky to work with our team of Secondary EL Teachers in DeSoto County! This group of teachers is committed to providing our English Learners with high quality language development instruction each and every day! Our teachers use Schoology to instruct traditional and virtual students in the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening based on English Language Development Standards. Students work toward and meet individualized language development goals while scheduled for the state-tested EL class.

Resources for Parents


One of the best things you can do with your child is help develop their native language proficiency by reading books, watching movies, and discussing complex topics in your home language. Here are some websites that have books in multiple languages:

Unite for Literacy -- https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/


RIF  --  http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/es/leadingtoreading.htm 

Reading Rockets -- http://www.readingrockets.org/ 

Parent Toolkit -- https://www.parenttoolkit.com/home?lang=es


Liliana Rangel is our district translator for Spanish/English. Her contact information is (662)449-7182 or Liliana.Rangel@dcsms.org

The Google Translate app can be very useful for translating speech or scanning documents like homework!

Resources for Graduation

Resources for Teachers

Watch the video below to learn all about ELs in DeSoto County

Watch the video below for help completing the Academic Documentation Form on ELLevation:

Watch the video below to learn about Read Aloud Accommodations you can use with Schoology!

Watch the video below to learn about translation options for students!

Watch the video below to learn how to differentiate in Schoology


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